Best vegan burgers: buy and make at home

Meat alternativesVeganJunk food
by Holly Martin
Read time 5 mins
Updated 11 Aug, 2020
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Plant-based burgers don't have to be boring or expensive

Burgers are meant to be easy and affordable. Want to make a quality vegan burger at home? You don’t even need to follow a recipe.

We’ve suggested some plant-based burgers for anyone who wants to:

  • Get meat-like textures and tastes, not a typical bean ‘veggie burger’
  • Try a greener alternative in place of a classic beef burger
  • Shop and spend as much you would normally, in UK supermarkets or online

You no longer need to live near a health shop or vegan junk food spot to get the best products. Here’s our pick of the best meat-free burgers for your oven, hob or BBQ.

Best vegan burgers you can buy in supermarkets

We have tried and tested these top five plant-based burgers. Plus, we can confirm they’re easy to find in-store. Which do you reckon is the best supermarket vegan burger?

SupermarketBurgerPrice and locationWhat we reckon
Iceland No Bull Quarter Pounder Burger or Steak Quarter Pounder £2 for 2, or regular No Bull patties are 2 for £1) Find in the vegetarian food aisle, frozen. Texture, colour and smell is spot on but quite a thin patty. So cheap and ideal for meat-free BBQ. Can be bought as ¼ pounders for £2.
Tesco Beyond Meat™ Burger £5 for 2. Find in the chilled section with the meat burgers or in the 'free from' chiller. So close to the real deal, very impressive. An extremely thick patty, no messing around. It really smells and looks like meat when you fry or BBQ it.
Lidl Without Meat (W/O) Burger £1.29 for 2. Find in the vegetarian section of the chilled aisle. Very decent price for eating on a budget, fell apart a bit when frying but tasted great. You don’t often get the fresher, chilled patties for this price.
Asda Oumph!™ Burger - The Rare One £3.48 for 2. Find in the vegetarian section of the freezer aisle. Meaty and rustic. Serious flame grilled flavours. A regular non-rare version is also available, which is more pink in the middle.
The Co-op GRO The Quarter Pounder Burger £3 for 2. Find in the vegetarian section of the chilled fridges. As quarter pounders, they are thick and juicy. Excellent value and they really sizzle in the pan. They BBQ well and stay in one piece.

Great-tasting vegan burgers no longer need to be homemade, or bought from specialist health food shops. Thank you high street supermarkets and recipe developers for getting quality plant-based beef burgers on the shelves.

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Are vegan burgers healthy?

Vegan burgers are not necessarily healthy. But they may be healthier than the beef burgers you buy normally.

Remember, a plant-based diet does not need to be all about quinoa and fresh veg. Any processed food has a certain unhealthiness about it, even when it’s just made of plants.

What are vegan burgers made of?

Vegan burgers are made from proteins, minerals, non-animal fats and extra fibre. The most common proteins are either soy, wheat or mushroom-based burgers.

In many cases, the nutritional content of a vegan burger is not far off a meat one. However, not buying cheap beef burgers means you can avoid factory farmed meat. This is better for you and the environment.

For a purely healthy burger, you might want to make it yourself with rice, grains, mushrooms or beans.

Are vegan burgers more expensive than meat burgers?

Vegan burgers are not neccessariy more expensive han meat ones. Often plant-based burgers are the same price, or even cheaper than meat versions. It depends on the quality of beef burger that you are used to.

For flexitarians or anyone curious about plant-based products, a quick glance at popular beef equivalents shows little difference in price.

For example:

  • Two of Iceland’s Half-Pound 100% British Beef Luxury Aberdeen Angus Burgers will set you back £3.25.
  • Two of Iceland's No Bull patties are £1, or two for £2 for quarter pounders.

At this price you could even double up on the patties. For a change from meat, even if it's just once, try any of these easy vegan burgers to buy in UK supermarkets.

Vegan burger kits delivered

Make-at-home burger kits emerged as a new trend over the lockdowns of 2020. These are more of a treat compared the supermarket options. Perfect if you can’t get out to the shops, or don’t have any vegan junk food takeaways in your area.

For nationwide delivery and outstanding food, we recommend the following DIY home vegan burger kits.

The Vurger Co. vegan burger kit

The Vurger Co. vegan burger kit costs £18.95 for two people.

In the kit you’ll find buns, patties, cheese, lettuce, gherkins, tomato, burger sauce and a portion of fries. After ordering, read more on their website about how to make the vegan burger at home.


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Patty & Bun vegan burger kit

The Patty & Bun vegan burger kit costs £25 for four people.

You get buns, patties, bacon (THIS), smokey mayo, caramelised onions, pickled onions and cheese. There is also an option to add four beers in for £8 extra. There’s even a combined vegan and meat kit for any flexitarian burger fans. Instructions come in the box.


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So there you have it. You longer need to have any beef on your burger, or have any beef with the supermarkets... Get out to the shops and make your own vegan burger at home!

Why should we try to be greener folk?

While we’re talking burgers, many of us know we should be reducing our intake of red meat for our own health.

There's also the the environmental impact, the London-based burger bar Halo Burger uses Beyond Meat™ burgers for its patties. Check out their stats about the impact of using plant-based burgers:

  • Beyond burgers need 99% less water than beef burgers
  • Beyond burgers occupy 93% less land than beef burgers
  • Beyond burgers pump out 90% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than beef burgers
  • Beyond burgers use 46% less energy to produce than beef burgers

Sources

https://www.mcdonalds.com/gb/en-gb/help/faq/18908-do-mcdonalds-burgers-contain-beef-from-lots-of-different-cows.html

https://www.mcdonalds.com/gb/en-gb/help/faq/19279-you-claim-to-use-british-and-irish-beef-but-what-parts-of-the-beef-do-you-actually-use.html

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21059425

https://haloburger.co.uk/

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/meat-nutrition/